There was a great turnout for the club at the final Grand Prix event of the season, the Flying Fox. No medals but everyone deserved the beer at the end after braving 10 miles of hills and more hills in the beautiful Staffordshire countryside. Great performances by all – special mention to Matt Orford who came second.
What a turn out for LRC at Shelton Striders 10k road race: the penultimate event in the club’s Grand Prix series. Huge congratulations to everyone who took part. The course is pretty flat with PB potential; many of these were achieved today!
First back for the men was Rich Bravington; for the women, Jojo Palmer! Thanks to the support crew out there today and for all these fab pictures!
I thought I’d just write another few lines to keep members updated as to what’s currently going on within the club and what has been happening over the last few months.
I have to firstly mention our club 10km road race and thank all those involved in the setting up and actually running of the day. An especially big ‘thank you’ goes to the 10km committee, which is a stand-alone group, separate from the normal club committee. I’m aware they have already started planning for next year’s race. It was very good news that Emma Fennon has stepped up to assist Cass with the main Race Director role. If you fancy getting involved in any small way with the race committee, contact Cass direct. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Hopefully most of you are aware that our current Chairman, Alan Pritchard, has stepped down, and I will be Acting Chair until our Annual General Meeting (AGM). One for the diary is this year’s AGM, which will be held at Saxon Hill Café on Tuesday 26th November. This is your chance to have an input on how your club is run, and who is making those decisions. All members are welcome. An announcement will be made a month before the actual date.
A shout out for more members to become run leaders (LIRF); the club pay for your training. If you are interested, speak with any run leader, and ascertain what’s required; it really isn’t too onerous.
Our intention is to hold a survey, which all members can take part in, so they can give their opinion on how the club goes forward and develops. Hopefully this will be sometime around Christmas; more to come over next month or so on that.
Lastly, a gentle reminder that winter and the dark nights are closing in. Please always wear your reflective, and in due course, if you have any lights, wear them. Everyone has a responsibility for their own safety, not just the run leaders.
Almost as if the weather had been pre-booked, the running conditions were perfect on Sunday for hosting the 24th Lichfield 10K and Family Fun Run. Another pre-race sell out, over 1200 runners took to the Lichfield and Whittington streets, each with their own personal targets to fulfil and many running with some inspirational stories and for very worthy causes.
For Pool House in their first year of sponsorship, the build-up and the day itself had been a fantastic experience, creating a lot of buzz amongst the staff. With over twenty of the team involved, either running or marshalling, the company put in a lot of effort to ensure the success of the event. “We have loved being part of this” commented Operations Director, Fiona Haigh. “It is a wonderful community race which has brought together our clients, staff and families. It is great to see everyone enjoying it today”.
The 10K race was started by a special member of Lichfield Running Club, retiring Chairman, Alan Pritchard, who is about to relocate to Swansea with his wife, Adella. Alan first joined Lichfield Running Club in October 2006 and since then has committed himself fully to the membership, supporting as first Secretary and then Chairman, enabling the club to offer the varied opportunities and training sessions that it does today. A seasoned marathon and Ultra runner himself, Alan’s expertise, devotion and company will be sorely missed by all. “It felt fitting that he started the race for us this year,” said the 10K committee team.
The 10K Winner and first male, Simon Birch from Hinckley Running Club, finished the race in 32:29 mins, the fastest time in seven years. Simon commented that he loved the course. “I did the race a few years ago but have been doing some proper training since then, so I am delighted”. Jonathan Carter from Tipton Harriers came 2nd for the second year running, at 33:19, followed by Dominic Priest who came in 3rd in a time of 33:57. The course record of 30:16 mins remains intact.
The first lady, Juliet Potter, of Charnwood AC, finished the course with a clear lead of over three minutes, crossing the finish line in 37:16. It was her first Lichfield 10K as she wanted to try a new local race. “The course was tough in places as it can be quite hilly, however the marshals were great and I enjoyed the run, ” she said. Oliva Harris and Vicky Baddick came home in 2nd and 3rd place.
Aldridge Running Club were thrilled to be called out as the winning male team overall and Chase Harriers took this title for the ladies. Both teams demonstrated some excellent running times on the day against tough competition from a number of strong clubs.
The 2019 Fun Run had a variety of entrants and it was great to see so many family teams, including Hatty the elephant, running for the line together. Tamworth AC were the club of the day, with their member, James Mensham as overall winner and his fellow club member Lottie McClaren as first lady. It was James’ first time in the Fun Run and Lottie commented that she had been doing a lot of running recently. Fabulous effort by all and lots of promising athletes for the future!
There were also some truly inspirational run stories out on the course. Local and now national business, Busy Bees Nurseries, were running to raise money on behalf of their charity partner, Child Bereavement UK. The team had been training together. “I am so proud of everyone,” said CEO Cheryl Creases. “We love to do these events in order to raise awareness and a lot of money to help others in the future and make a difference.”
Finally, Maggie Smith, who was the last entrant to finish the 10K this year, was welcomed by a field of applause. “I have lost fourteen stone in four years” said Maggie proudly. “Once I struggled to walk to the shop and now I have just completed this race. Everyone has been brilliant today. I feel amazing”.
The Lichfield Running Club is grateful for the support from all of their helpers and sponsors, including; Water Logic for providing water for runners, Go Ape Cannock for handing out bananas, Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Trust, Running Form and Lichfield Lions for their support on the day. Ebrook Osteopathy were also on the field all day, providing free massage for entrants and their tired muscles.
For anyone inspired to try running, the Lichfield Running Club is open to members of all abilities. Please check the club website, www.lichfield-running-club.co.uk which contains more information about joining and weekly training sessions. New members are always warmly welcomed so please come along. 2020 will mark the Silver anniversary of the 10K so the time to start training is now!
What a great morning for the club at Burton 10k! Members who braved the storms were rewarded with several hot and hilly miles, finishing with a loop of the track and a torrential downpour. There were some amazing results with prizes for Richard Bravington, coming in third overall at 34:55, Jo Palmer, who was first lady for the club and first V35 and Claire Wheat, first V65!! Elsewhere there were some great performances, PBs and debuts all around.
LRC runners were out in force for the Staffordshire Knot 5 mile off road race on one of the hottest days of the year so far.
The men weren’t lucky enough to take home the team trophy this year, finishing in third place, but both Richard Bravington & Steve Rivers won cash prizes: Richard finishing 5th and Steve winning his age category. The first club female team also came in third. Not only was there beer at the finish, all runners took home a gym towel, which probably came in handy on the journey home!
Alan Pritchard has now stepped down as our Club Chairman, as due to his wife getting a job in South Wales, he will have to leave the area to settle there. I’m sure you all wish him and his wife, Adella, all the luck in the world in their new adventure.
This sadly meant him stepping down from his position, so until the next AGM, and in order to keep taking the Club forward, I will take on that role, whilst Ann Schwarzenbach will take on Club Secretary role, and Andy Parker will take on the Membership Secretary role. Tim Thacker will continue in his current role a Club Treasurer. All new positions will be reviewed and voted on at our AGM.
As part of taking on the Chairman’s role, I will try to keep members updated with all the hard work your Club Committee and other members are continuing to complete.
So see below for this period’s update:
This month, we paid £1000 as a charity donation to Saxon Hill School. This was raised from last year’s 10km Road Race. We continue to need help from all members, so if you haven’t volunteered yet to assist on the weekend of 7-8th September, please do so.
We had a great turnout of 13 teams at the Showground Relays; although it was very wet, all still enjoyed the night, with special mention to two teams finishing in top ten finishers. Full results will be posted when we have confirmed them. But bear in mind there were issues with the results due to wet conditions, so we don’t have them yet.
Approximately 50 club members attended the nutrition information talk on June 18th, held at Saxon Hill. Lots of good information was passed onto our members. Thanks to Dan Floyd for sorting; be aware we may put on more talks if members want, so make sure you pass on your feedback to Club leaders.
A great turnout this morning at the Aldridge 10k road race; many yellow club vests were in evidence, with LRC coming second behind Sneyd Striders for the highest number of club finishers.
There were superb performances from our runners, many of whom achieved 10k and course PBs. Individual achievements included: Matthew Orford finishing in second place; Phil Sutcliffe retaining his age category title despite having run in the Uganda Marathon only a couple of weeks previously and Claire Wheat winning her age category, achieving a PB in the process. Club runner Charlotte Aspley was also interviewed by BBC WM Radio about her marathon running journey.
It was a warm start to the undulating hilly course and runners were thankful for the spot of rain half way round. The support throughout the run was very welcome; no more so than approaching the finish, where the LRC cheerleaders were in fine voice!
Many thanks to Aldridge Running Club for organising such a professional and enjoyable event.
Lichfield Half Marathon took place on 12th May, with a strong club presence amongst the competitors and excellent performances all round. First home for the men was Richard Bravington, who finished in 6th position overall. First female for the club was Jo Palmer, finishing in 60th position and 4th female. Huge congratulations to all who took part and thanks to the many supporters on the route.
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place on 27th November. Please find agenda below.